Getting My Detailed Drawings Costed By A Third Party.
Posted 16 February 2015 - 09:26 PM
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Posted 20 February 2015 - 09:54 PM
We are in the process of having suitable plans drawn up for this very purpose and therefore will hopefully be in a position to feedback our experiences.
Watch this space as they say, as I hope to have the plans sent off and an estimate returned, within the next 2 - 3 weeks.
Posted 21 February 2015 - 08:56 AM
They got back to us in under a week with a really detailed break down on material, cost, labour rates, etc. All very useful to a novice, we are using it as a yard stick to make sure that we don't go too far off budget and feel pleased when items come in under the projected amounts.
It comes in both pdf and excel formats so that you can copy and paste / edit bits and pieces of it with ease. Well worth the £125
Posted 21 February 2015 - 10:58 AM
People can make mistakes, and in this case I think the QS just read the wrong figure from SPONS in error, as all his other prices were pretty much spot on..
Posted 25 February 2015 - 05:27 PM
Anyone else you would recommend?
Posted 25 February 2015 - 05:31 PM
Posted 10 March 2015 - 01:09 PM
Edited by Triassic, 10 March 2015 - 05:58 PM.
Posted 10 March 2015 - 01:37 PM
Factor into the equation, time, confidence, was the estimate in budget and experience, and you should come up with an answer unique to yourself.
I'm sorry I can't add any of my own experiences to this but I wish you luck nonetheless in trying to come to some conclusion.
typo - sorry!
Edited by Redoctober, 10 March 2015 - 01:42 PM.
Posted 10 March 2015 - 06:10 PM
Other things are pretty much commodities (bricks, blocks, sand, cement etc) and there will be some variation from one BM to another, but I found paying cash with order at our local independent almost always gave the best price (avoid the big boys like Jewsons and Travis Perkins, 9 time out of 10 you can get better prices in B&Q than you can with them!). If you are, or know, someone over-60, then B&Q on Wednesdays is a good bet for big ticket items, as that's oldies 10% off day!
Posted 08 April 2015 - 05:13 PM
Just to complete my contribution to this thread. I have used an online estimator and recieved the results. The costings ended up in the area that I had forecast so in that respect I am pleased and considered it money well spent. At least now I have a detailed breakdown and should I need to cut costs, I can see where I can do so, equally, I can now compare quotes I recieve against a more formalised costing.
Posted 28 December 2015 - 10:29 PM
Posted 28 December 2015 - 11:25 PM
They have a few examples on their site - things such as 47 hours and £2600 to dig a hole for a septic tank..?? And cable clips costing nearly as much as cable... http://www.estimator...-SMM-Client.pdf
Another niggle was it came in PDF format which I translated into excel so I could correct the pricing and also zero out any labour that would be me....
Their overall estimate for the extension was £63k, Architect said £80k and we delivered it just shy of £37k....
Posted 29 December 2015 - 09:07 AM
Yes - it was a company called PROQUANT google them and you will see their website etc. Again, as mentioned above, their product came in PDF format but this wasn't an issue for me.
Posted 03 January 2016 - 04:36 PM
Do any of these provide their services in excel format so they can be altered to fit your own circumstances like finding a lower cost supply of an item or where parts are to be done with your own labour? When we were considering ICF I found the most well known/advertised one does not “do” ICF and I'm guessing may not do SIPs either (though just removing the part that the SIPs or ICF replace from “conventional” builds would resolve most of that if supplied in an excel format I'm thinking, since we already know the costs of those parts.